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Indiana at Florida International
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, September 1, 2016
Where: FIU Stadium, Miami, Florida

Winning seasons have been hard to come by at Indiana, but coach Kevin Wilson is hoping that won't be the case this season as the Hoosiers open on the road Thursday at Florida International. The Hoosiers have one winning season in the last 21 and came agonizingly close last year before finishing 6-7 following a 44-41 overtime loss to Duke in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, their first bowl appearance since 2007.

The fate of the Hoosiers' season rests in the hands of junior college transfer quarterback Richard Lagow, who threw for 4,506 yards and 38 touchdowns in two seasons at Cisco Community College in his native Texas. Lagow, who is listed at 6-6, 240 pounds, originally signed with Connecticut but transferred prior to the season to Oklahoma State, where he redshirted in 2013. "I'm curious to see how he reacts in a game, because he's been great in practice," Wilson told the media. Zander Diamont and Danny Cameron will be the backups as Wilson looks to replace the school's all-time leading passer Nate Sudfeld. Lagow will be opposed by junior Alex McGough, who leads the Golden Panthers' offense for the third straight season after setting school records with 2,722 yards and 21 touchdowns last year.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU. LINE: Indiana -9.5

ABOUT INDIANA (2015: 6-7): Returning junior Devine Redding led the Hoosiers in carries last season, but it was Jordan Howard - currently fighting to make the Chicago Bears' roster - who was the more effective runner. Still, Redding managed to run for more than 1,000 yards (1,012) and nine scores last season and will be working behind an experienced line that includes four fifth-year seniors in Jacob Bailey, Wes Rogers, Dan Feeney and Dimitric Camiel. The left tackle spot is up for grabs and will manned by sophomore Brandon Knight or freshman Coy Cronk.

ABOUT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (2015: 5-7): Ron Turner, who coached eight seasons in the Big Ten at Illinois before spending seven seasons in the NFL, returns for his fourth season at the Miami school. In addition to McGough, Turner returns an experienced running back in junior Alex Gardner, who rushed for 760 yards and nine touchdowns last season while hauling in 60 passes - a school record for a running back. Senior center Michael Montero, senior tight end Jonnu Smith and sophomore linebacker Anthony Wint are the other top returnees for the Golden Panthers of Conference USA.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The two teams met for the first time last season with Indiana winning 36-22 at home.

2. The Hoosiers, who last opened on the road in 2005, have won four straight and 12 out of their last 13 season openers.

3. Indiana is coming off a season in which it was the fourth team in FBS history to have a 3,500-yard passer, two 1,000-yard rushers and a 1,000-yard receiver. Wilson was the offensive coordinator for Oklahoma when it accomplished the feat in 2008.

PREDICTION: Florida International 27, Indiana 26
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Indiana 0-0 - 0.0 0.0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Florida International 0-0 - 0.0 0.0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Indiana Florida International
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/12/15 FIU 22 IND 36 439 205 234 406 123 283
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Indiana N. Sudfeld 57.6 234 1 1
Florida International A. McGough 56.8 249 3 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Indiana J. Howard 27 159 5.9 0
Florida International A. Gardner 18 61 3.4 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Indiana M. Cooper 3 66 22.0 0
Florida International T. Owens 9 166 18.4 2
Touchdowns Player TD
Indiana N. Sudfeld 2
Florida International T. Owens 2
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Indiana N/A
Florida International N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Indiana N/A
Florida International N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Indiana N/A
Florida International N/A
Touchdowns Player TD
Indiana N/A
Florida International N/A
Quickchart Matchup
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Florida International 0 yards/rush
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